– India's federal cabinet Sunday approved a draft law on food security aimed at providing low-priced staples -- mainly rice and wheat -- to roughly two-thirds of the country's 1.2 billion people.

The Union Cabinet tonight cleared the much-awaited draft food security Bill, brightening the prospect of providing legal entitlement of food to three-fourth of the country’s rural population and half its urban dwellers.

Food minister K V Thomas said a meeting of the cabinet that cleared the Bill also decided to introduce it in the current session of Parliament.

The controversial targeted National Food Security Bill, which got the nod of the Union Cabinet on Sunday, is a pet project of United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

New Delhi The Cabinet will discuss the National Food Security Bill, 2011, on Monday, in a bid to introduce the proposed legislation in the current session of Parliament.

Food minister K V Thomas on Friday said discussions on the food Bill in the Cabinet which was deferred earlier this week would continue on Monday. “Discussions will continue when the Cabinet meets on Monday,” he told reporters.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s move to stall decision on the National Food Security Bill by writing a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh just on the eve of the Cabinet meeting appears to have been more for political reasons than any serious objections.

Sources in the food ministry said that the Cabinet note on the Food Bill had included four key demands of the West Bengal government, which were already agreed upon by the Centre.

New Delhi The Cabinet is likely to consider the National Food Security Bill which envisages subsidised foodgrain as legal entitlement for two third of the country's population on Tuesday.

New Delhi Just two days ahead of a crucial cabinet meeting to clear the UPA-II government’s National Food Security Bill (NFSB), food minister KV Thomas on Sunday said the country’s food subsidy wou

Cutting across party lines, several members of Parliament backed a universal public distribution system to ensure food security for all citizens “as a right” on Tuesday and vowed to oppose the ‘tar

The Delhi government has opposed certain provisions of the National Food Security Bill draft saying the proposed universalisation of foodgrain entitlements to majority of the population would be ve

The Bill interprets food security only as distribution of cereals and cooked meals and is completely silent on other important components of food security. There is no commitment towards nutritional security which also requires assurance of other components of nutrition such as pulses and oil.

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